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Barred Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Stages Public Protest


Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (file photo)

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (file photo)

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh staged a sit in on October 21 in Tehran in front of the country's Bar Association to protest a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years.

Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize in 2012, was released from jail last year halfway through a six-year sentence she was serving for "actions against national security and committing propaganda against the regime."

Last month, a court authorized her to return to work. But she said on October 19 that the decision had been overturned and the ban imposed.

Sotoudeh told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that she plans to continue her sit-in in the coming days.

In recent years, Sotoudeh and several other lawyers taking up sensitive political cases have come under pressure by Iranian authorities.

With reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Radio Farda
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